The term “energy coast” is increasingly being used to describe the British side of the southern North Sea between The Wash and the Thames Estuary. It is already home to Britain’s most modern nuclear power station, the Pressurised Water Reactor at Sizewell B, and in future years could be home to Sizewell C which will dwarf it in size and power output. There are also plans being drawn up for another huge new nuclear power plant at Bradwell, near Maldon in Essex which could be the first UK nuclear reactor owned and operated by a company with a majority Chinese stake. The amount of electricity generated by East Anglian-based nuclear plants could increase from 1,200 Mw to 7,600 Mw over the next 10 years if both new nuclear plants are completed. But that figure could be matched by the amount of electricity generated by offshore windfarms in the North Sea. There are already 10 in operation (although two are run as a single operation) stretching along the coast. There are three further mega-windfarms in different stages of development – and an extension to one of the existing farms on the drawing board. While there is no question that these farms do not provide clean energy, there is controversy about how that power is brought ashore. There is currently major disruption to roads and farmland along the route of the first power cable from Bawdsey on the coast to Bramford, where it is connected to the National Grid. And there are further controversies about proposals to build onshore electricity stations to convert the raw power into something useable.
East Anglian Daily Times 20th Dec 2018 read more »
Almost a third of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources between July and September, as wind turbines and solar panels helped achieve a quarterly record for green energy. Major new offshore windfarms connecting to the grid pushed renewables to 33.1% of electricity generation across the quarter, up from 30% the year before. The speed at which green energy projects are being installed has resulted in records tumbling this year. Wind power broke records during the “beast from the east”, which was eclipsed during Storm Diana last month, and again this week when wind generation hit 15GW on Tuesday. The trend is expected to continue next year as more windfarms around the coast near completion. Initial analysis of some recently built offshore projects also shows they are generating more power than expected.
Guardian 20th Dec 2018 read more »
The UK generated 56 per cent of its electricity from low-carbon sources in the third quarter of this year, up two per cent on last year to hit a record high. Fresh statistics published yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal renewables delivered 33.1 per cent of UK electricity in the three months July – September, up from 30 per cent in the same period last year. This was thanks to a 10 per cent jump in generating capacity year-on-year as a record number of offshore wind projects came online, as well as more favourable weather, BEIS said. The uptick in power from renewables was the driving force behind the surge in low-carbon power generation, the Department added.
Business Green 21st Dec 2018 read more »
Royal Dutch Shell has boosted its expansion into the offshore wind sector with two deals to establish a significant position in the nascent US industry. The Anglo-Dutch energy group has splashed out $175 million over the past week on the rights to develop hundreds of turbines in the waters off New Jersey and Massachusetts, which could power more than 1.5 million homes. Dorine Bosman, vice-president for wind development at Shell, below, said its expertise from developing offshore oil and gas fields should help it to compete against established offshore wind players to secure subsidy contracts needed for the proposed wind farms to go ahead.
Times 21st Dec 2018 read more »